November 25, 2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Syrian conflict with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in phone talks on Friday after the Turkish army accused Moscow ally Damascus of killing its soldiers in northern Syria.
Erdogan informed Putin of the strike that killed four Turkish soldiers, presidential sources said, which the Turkish army assessed to have been by the Syrian early on Thursday.
Erdogan stressed Turkey’s commitment to Syria’s territorial integrity — Russia had previously said it was “deeply concerned” by Turkey’s incursion while Damascus has called it a “blatant violation of sovereignty”.
The presidents also backed the process to normalize relations between Russia and Turkey after the crisis sparked by the shooting down by Turkish forces of a Russian jet over Syria last year.
(FNA) ~ Turkey has detained a large number of young Syrian male refugees without any explanation and plans to send them to Syria to fight for Ankara in its Euphrates Shield Operation, local sources disclosed on Tuesday.
“The Turkish security forces attacked Zohrat al-Forat hotel in Urfa city (in Southeastern Turkey) close to the border with Syria and kidnapped 20 young men after arresting 50 others who live in the city camps,” the sources said.
They added that the Turkish police officers also attacked many houses which shelter the Syrians in the Central part of Urfa and near the municipality building and abducted tens of other young Syrian refugees.
The sources said the Turkish army has stated no charge or accusation for these arrests.
According to the sources, Turkey plans to send the young Syrian men to help the country’s forces in the Euphrates Shield operation in Northern Syria.
Turkey declared in August that its Army had started the ‘Euphrates Shield’ military operation in Syria, allegedly to cleanse the ISIL terrorists from its border with Syria.
But, despite Ankara’s allegation, the Turkish military forces support militant groups in Northern Syria, and fight against Kurdish forces in the region.
Turkish officials have frequently stressed that ‘Euphrates Shield’ will continue to create a safe zone in Northern Syria.
Damascus has condemned Ankara’s military operation and entry of Turkish special forces and tanks into Syria, while Moscow expressed deep concern about what is happening in the Syrian-Turkish border.
SOURCES: Fars News Agency Submitted by Cem Ertür War Press Info Network at : https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/turkey-recruits/ ~
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